Veneto

One of the twenty regions of Italy where “The Merchant of Venice” was inspired. This is where Prosecco comes from.

1. The Land

The climate varies in this region. The region is characterized by many mountains, hills and plains. Several rivers flow through the region such as the Po, Adige and the Piave. It is nearest to the Adriatic sea. Veneto is to the east of the largest lake in Italy, the Lake Garda. In the region of Congliano Valdobiaddene where Prosecco is made, the climate is Mediterranean with many hills of up to 40 degrees.

2. The Soil

In Congliano Valdobiaddene, the soils are mostly iron silicate, aluminium silicate, calcerous marl or a mixture of all three.

3. The Produce

The most popular sparkling wine is Proseco made mostly from the Glera grape. Soave made from Garganega and red wines such as Valpolicella and Amarone originates from here. The Venetians have many produce to boast of such as Asiago and Gran Padone Cheese as well as a bitter-tasting vegetable named Radicchio rosso di Treviso.

Veneto From Italy

- Venetia was once under Austrian rule and was also ceded to the French Empire according to the Treaty of Vienna signed on 12 October 1866.

- Known as the City of Water, Venice is 3 hours away from Milan by car. It is listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.

- Every year, the biggest wine show showcasing Italian wines from all over the country takes place in Verona. This is the city of Shakespeare’s Romean and Juliet. The city is a UNESCO world heritage site. Verona is known for its shows and operas in the Arena, which is an ancient Roman amphitheater.

- Examples of the local cuisine include gnocchi, Brasato all’Amarone (brasied beef in Amarone wine), risotto, and polenta. Tiramisu is the most well-known dessert that originates from this region.